Scottish & Southern passes customer milestone

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Scottish & Southern energy has announced that it has just passed a new customer milestone - as its recent rises in uptake continue.

The company said that it now has eight million energy customers - an increase of 3.5 million or 78 per cent compared to the start of 2002. It says that it has signed up 150,000 new customers since April 1st of this year.

The supplier said that 5.03 million of this total are electricity customers, 2.87 million are gas customers and 105,000 are telecoms customers.

Scottish & Southern was the subject of speculation that Russian gas giant Gazprom was preparing a takeover bid for it - but last week Gazcom marketing and trading spokesman Phillip Dewhurst moved to calm fears.

"We do not have Centrica or Scottish & Southern in our sights at the moment," he said.

"Our plan in the UK is to grow our retail business organically."

Senior officials at Gazprom say that they are looking to increase the company's presence in the UK market, however.

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